CYCLING 2016-17 p054-055

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ROAD • INDIA 54 PREMIUM 15 days inc. flights from £2099 Western Ghats tea estate India 1 2 3 4 5 Activity Level MODERATE/CHALLENGING Trip Code MIK At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Depart London. 2 Arrive Bangalore; transfer to Mysore. 3 Ride to Srirangapatnam ruins; return to Mysore; afternoon explore the city including the Maharaja Palace. 4 Cycle on the back roads of Mysore Plateau to Nanjangud; transfer to Bandipur N.P. 5 Morning free or optional visit to Bandipur; afternoon ride to Mudumalai N.P. 6 Optional ascent to Ooty Hillstation (13km climb), former summer capital of the Raj; free afternoon to explore the town. 7 Western Ghats descent through tea plantations; transfer to Guruvayoor in tropical Kerala. 8 Circular ride on rural road; return to Guruvayoor; evening Pooja. 9 Cycle along coastal roads lined with coconut palms; ferry to Fort Cochin. 10 Free in Cochin to explore the bazaars and the old harbour. 11 Cycle past old Portuguese houses; continue to Vambanad Lake and Alleppey; overnight in traditional Keralan house. 12 Explore Alleppey before backwater boat trip; overnight on lovely Keralan houseboat. 13 Cliff-top ride to laid-back Varkala. 14 Free to relax on the beach. 15 To Trivandrum; fly to London. Call Cycle Kerala & Tropical India Tea plantations l Diverse culture, religion and people l Traditional houseboat cruise • 10 days cycling (including 1 short ride) with 100% vehicle support • Mostly surfaced roads, a few rough sections • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader and driver Min age 16 yrs • 9 nights hotels, 3 nights lodge, 1 night houseboat • All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 4 dinners included Beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns, stunning beaches and superb food, southern India is an excellent place to discover by bike. From the cool heights of the Western Ghats, where the sanctuaries hide excellent wildlife, to the quiet backwaters and elaborately decorated Hindu temples of Kerala, this trip offers the chance to cycle through colourful villages where rural life has remained little-changed for centuries. The final coastal ride to Varkala rewards us with time to relax on the beach. Dates & Price Guide START END FLIGHT LAND START END FLIGHT LAND INC ONLY INC ONLY BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10 Srirangapatnam Ootacamund Mysore Nilgiri Hills Cochin cycle transfer Backwaters Alleppey Bandipur Guruvayoor Varkala Trivandrum INDIA KERALA 2016 09 Jan 23 Jan 2179 1469 23 Jan† 06 Feb 2149 1449 P F 06 Feb 20 Feb 2199 1449 13 Feb 27 Feb 2699 1849 P F 27 Feb 12 Mar 2149 1449 05 Mar 19 Mar 2099 1399 19 Mar 02 Apr 2179 1339 26 Mar 09 Apr 2299 1339 02 Apr 16 Apr 2149 1339 23 Jul 06 Aug 2369 1339 30 Jul 13 Aug 2799 1849 P F 13 Aug 27 Aug 2269 1339 10 Sep 24 Sep 2169 1429 24 Sep† 08 Oct 2169 1429 P F 08 Oct 22 Oct 2249 1499 15 Oct 29 Oct 2699 1899 P F 22 Oct 05 Nov 2249 1499 05 Nov 19 Nov 2249 1499 Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. • Optional single supplement £445 (Premium departures £595) • Land only start Mysore day 2, end Varkala day 15 • Insurance: please see page 106 Bike details: • Trek 4300 mountain bike with front suspension, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £150 DEPARTURES On these departures we stay in a variety of excellent hotels, ranging from comfortable and modern to older properties bursting with character. Many have pools, and most have excellent facilities and restaurants serving tasty local specialities. The air-conditioned houseboats are of a higher standard with extra space and offer a more varied menu. Daily Distance (km) 3 37 4 42 5 34 6 27 7 86 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code 8 37 9 83 11 60 12 7 13 88 Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk for all dates and prices. PREMIUM DEPARTURES ALSO AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE ADVENTURE SEE PAGE 4 COMBINE WITH TRIP: MIJ SEE PAGE 53


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